Art & intrigue

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I made this art book about twelve years ago and it has lived with us in four homes already! It’s one of my favourite pieces and I have loved watching it change over the years. The berries were once bright red and plump and the contrast with the shell in the centre used to be a strong feature of the piece.

It has been hung directly on the wall, sat on a mantelpiece, and more recently framed by this old wooden box. There is something about putting this piece in the box that transforms it and I could spend ages looking at it despite the fact I have had it so long. I think it’s because it now looks like a little doorway, heavy and ornate and full of intrigue.

The box has also been knocking about in my art materials for years; it used to house a piece of ceramics but sadly the piece is now broken (porcelain is not fond of moving house so much!).

It’s inspired me to get back into making art books again, and I’m now on the hunt for more old boxes again too! This one was from a skip near the art school I attended. All the books I work with are charity shop, antique shop, ex library stock etc. so they don’t cost the earth. I think this is one of the things I’ve made that cost me less than £1. So twelve years of pleasure from £1 isn’t bad going is it?

Art doesn’t have to cost the earth. It doesn’t have to be big and flashy. Smaller objects like this add layers and intrigue to a space. This has been a little treasure for me and I am in love with it all over again in this battered little box.

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~ by celee on May 30, 2013.

2 Responses to “Art & intrigue”

  1. I love those boxes…I’m glad this one has a new pretty guest to occupy it!

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